The increasing knife crime could be involved in the reduction in the youth service sponsoring, with regional suffering in the largest falls exhibiting the biggest riot in violence involving knives.
Research by the All-party Parliamentary Group recommended the average council had decreased spending on youth services – which sponsors things such as youth clubs, as well as youth workers – by 40% between the years of 2014-15 and 2017-18.
Two local authorities, the City of Wolverhampton and the City of Westminster experienced redactions of 91% over the same three years.
The immediate comparison between the geographical regions covered by police forces and local authority boundaries which is not possible, but the APPG scrutiny recommends forces serving regions with the biggest redactions such as West Midlands Police, Cambridgeshire Thames Valley Police, Metropolitan Police have also experienced the highest increment the knife crime.
Chief executive of Barnardo Javed Khan said, “ these figures are alarming but sadly unsurprising. Taking away youth workers and safe spaces in the community contribute to a ‘poverty of hope’ among young people who see little or no chance of a positive future”.
He also added, “ the government needs to work with local authorities to ensure they have enough funding to run vital services and restore children’s sense of hope.”
The APPG analysis comes before a meeting in parliament where young people will discuss the effect across the country to the youth services in their area. Knife crime in 2018 reached the record levels with 40,829 offenses involving knives or sharp objects recorded in Wales and England.
Chief executive of Redthread, John Poynton, a charity which works in the emergency departments for cautioning young people from the violence, saying “these statistics of cuts to youth services and rises in violence highlight the need to ensure all young people have access to the support they need, both at the point when they recognize they need help and perhaps most importantly before they realize they do. ”
Responding to the APPG research, a government representative said, “knife crime destroys lives and tears families apart and we are determined to tackle the root causes to end this cycle of violence ”.
He also added, “there is a range of factors driving increases in this complex crime, including changes to the drugs market”.